By: Reema Taylor
Every society’s attitudes are constantly changing, and ours is no exception. For young people today, the desire to fit in means having an attitude that stands out from the past. Do you think you’ve mastered an IDGAF attitude? Well today, not caring is not cool. Most people’s attitudes today include strong feelings on big topics like uplifting women in society, rejecting homophobia and supporting same sex marriage. Teens have a reputation for being self-centered, but they care about many social issues and show they care with their own special twist.
All that caring comes at a price – young adults and teens have developed the “FOMO’ or “fear of missing out” attitude. These individuals check their social media morning, noon, afternoon, evening, and night so that they always know what their friends and families are doing and are up-to-date with the newest trends. With that being said, they believe they are entitled to having the newest shoes or hairstyles modeled by their favorite artist or actresses. They want their parents to buy them anything they set their eyes on and they want it in the fastest way possible because missing out is not acceptable. Don’t you wish you had that power?
Thin has always been in, but now we are recognizing that beauty comes in every size and shape as plus-size and everyday women are a reflection of today’s attitude toward women’s appearance. ModCloth and Dove have started campaigns to have natural everyday women instead of thin, photo shopped fashion models. Music artists have also joined in to empower plus-size women as well. Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” have topped the charts to portray a positive image on the “curvy” women and expand our beauty ideal. Even though these companies and artists mean well, some women are currently insulting the skinny body type, by implying that plus-sized women are in and skinny women are out. Looks like we still have a ways to go to realize ALL women are beautiful!
Homosexual acceptance is increasing and becoming a dominating attitude as well. Same sex marriage is now legal in 35 states and in our nation’s capital. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders can openly serve in the military now. Transgender actress Laverne Cox from the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” becomes the first openly transgender to be nominated for an Emmy. Many people loved her white gown on the red carpet and it quickly became a trending topic. The homosexual community has gained so much more acceptance in the past few years, one day it may be hard to remember that same-sex marriage used to be illegal.
Consumer attitude has switched to the opposite angle of things. They are more accepting of minority groups and want to share similar taste with them. Fashion will no longer be rebellious, but a new form of acceptance because today’s kids have the attitude of caring and caring has to be on your cool checklist. So, how cool are you?
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